Chinanews.com, January 14th, according to the American Chinese website, on the 13th local time, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the impeachment clause against President Trump, and 10 Republicans including Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, voted for their support. Impeachment clause.
For Republicans, whether to support the impeachment of Trump is of great significance. It will not only determine the future direction of the party, but will also reshape the impression of American democracy in people's minds in the coming decades.
Data map: US President Trump.
Among the Republicans who support the impeachment of Trump, the most famous is the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives and Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
She said Trump "ignited the flames of this attack" and accused him of "betraying" his pledge to the Constitution as never before.
In addition, Republicans who voted for impeachment in the House of Representatives also included New York State Congressman John Katko, Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger, Michigan Congressman Upton (Fred Upton). ) And Washington State Congressman Jaime Herrera Beutler and 9 others.
The presidential impeachment case will then enter the Senate for trial, and at least two-thirds of the senators’ support is required to convict Trump.
This means that if an impeachment trial is held after January 20, at least 17 Republicans will need to join the Democrats' camp. This is a difficult task.
The article stated that the "historical trial" is imminent.
For some who want to leave Trump and open a new path for the Republican Party, time is running out.
Most noteworthy is the attitude of McConnell, the majority leader of the Senate.
He is considered a long-term ally of Trump, but on January 6, McConnell delivered an emotional speech during a joint meeting of Congress, calling on Republicans to confirm the outcome of Biden's victory.
On January 6, local time, the joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to confirm the results of the Electoral College vote was interrupted due to large-scale riots caused by supporters of the current President Trump breaking into the Capitol. The scene was extremely chaotic.
The picture shows the fire in front of the US Capitol in Washington, USA.
After the Congressional riots, people familiar with the matter revealed that McConnell told his colleagues that he believed Trump had committed “crimes that could be impeached” and that he was “happy” that the Democrats had impeached Trump and believe this. It will be easier to "kick Trump out of the Republican Party."
However, McConnell told his Republican colleagues on the 13th that he has not yet made a final decision on how to vote.
Some people believe that McConnell's position may determine the outcome.
A senior Republican aide who requested anonymity said: "I think if McConnell supports the conviction in the Senate, then there will be enough votes to convict the president."
The analysis said that for Republican congressmen, there are many factors to consider.
The party’s fundamentals still firmly support Trump and firmly believe in his claims about massive fraud in the 2020 election.
After the violence in the Capitol, a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that among Republicans, 71% recognized Trump’s work performance, and 73% believed that he was in Protecting, not undermining democracy.
Among all voters, 60% were dissatisfied with his performance, and 60% said he was destroying rather than protecting democracy.
Republican consultant Rory Cooper believes that although Republican lawmakers inevitably have to make political trade-offs, most people have a negative impression of the Capitol attack, so condemning these acts of violence will alleviate political Negative impact.
He also pointed out that since the mid-term elections will only take place two years later, the impact of the statement at this time on the election situation is minimal.
However, if the Senate convicts Trump, they also have the right to prohibit him from serving as president again. This move may immediately change the pattern of the 2024 primary elections and make way for the new Republican leader.
Although this is not the will of most Republican voters, some lawmakers support this idea.
Cooper said: "I think there are quite a few people in both houses of the Senate that hope Trump will not run for office again."
On December 18, 2019, the House of Representatives controlled by Democrats passed two impeachment clauses against Trump: abuse of presidential power and obstruction of congressional investigations, making him the third president in American history to be formally impeached, but the impeachment case It was rejected in the Senate.
On January 13, 2021, the House of Representatives passed the terms of impeaching Trump again, making him the first president in American history to be impeached twice during his term.